Next General Sale at Truro Sale Room - Friday 20th July @ 10am

For Private Vendors, Executors & A Liquidator



Contents of a Wine Shop (in Liquidation): Pair of Otto Wine Emotion ss 8 bottle wine dispensers with credit/debit card facility & nitrogen pneumatic/preservation system. Var. wines & spirits inc. 3x 2009 Philipponnat Champagne, 13x Camel Valley Brut, 2x 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieux Telegraphe, var. reds/whites, Cornish gins, single malts etc.

Furniture & fittings inc. SP35 ss glass washer, Menumaster microwave, Bush fridge, Icepoint bottle fridge, Charles Eames design clear plastic & chrome chairs, rectangular wooden dining & occasional tables, slatback dining chairs, 4 high bar stools, wooden bottle crates, slate top counters, qty. stemmed wine glasses.

Debt Recovery: approx. 3000 new boxed board games to be sold in Lots of about 100 each.

Over 600 lots inc. Ceramics & Glass: Var. Staffordshire pottery flatback groups, Denby Green Wheat pattern tea set, Pheasant decorated glasses/pottery, mid-winter retro dinnerwares, var. studio pottery, collection ancient terracotta pottery, Royal Albert "Buttons & Bows" part tea set, Lakes Truro Pottery vase, Edinburgh Crystal boxed vase, 2x Murano glass, var. cut glass & stemmed glasses etc.

Metals & Misc: Bronze bust of a boy, bronze Venus De Milo, Beike cased saxophone, silver & silver plate, copper, brass, treen, costume jewellery, Teknetics T2 metal detector etc.

Furniture & Furnishings: Good contemporary light oak dining table & 8 chairs, Cherrywood & wrought metal dining table, var. contemporary pine, Victorian stripped pine kitchen table, Victorian twin pedestal desk, Edwardian display cabinet, Vispring 4'3'' divan bed, George III style bookcase, Victorian bookcase, contemporary oak side cabinet, var. dining chairs, pair contemporary 2 seat settees/bed-settee etc, var. rugs/pictures/prints/mirrors/clocks etc.

Viewing: Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th July 11am-4pm & 8.30am morning of sale.

Marguerite's Catering.


Carl Nielsen -  - 07738 219438


18th May Antiques & Fine Art including Oriental Art @ Truro Sale Room



On Friday 18th May, Lodge & Thomas - Truro Sale Room, sold a Chinese bronze for £41,000 proving to be a record hammer price for a lot within the sale rooms! The Chinese bronze which depicts Amitayus Buddha seated in meditation upon a lotus base, and of a diminutive 10 inches high, had a later painted surface which was extremely fragile and crumbled to the touch. Underneath, tantalisingly revealed, was the original brightly gilded and engraved bronze surface.

There was international interest in the bronze prior to the auction, with Auctioneer Carl Nielsen answering more queries about it than all of the other sale lots combined. With all telephone lines booked, the auction of the bronze soon became a contest between two determined Chinese internet bidders who battled for over five minutes. The item eventually sold to a Chinese Art dealership for £41,220. This piece arrived at the saleroom from a Penzance based deceased estate alongside many other extraordinary Oriental artefacts. Among the items were early English porcelain and tribal weapons all covered in a thick layer of cobwebs and dust.

The bronze was not the only Oriental item that exceeded expectations, the auction had a very strong Oriental section overall and all items were received from local deceased estates and private vendors. Prior to the bronze, a pair of Chinese famille verte large vases, intricately painted with hunting scenes within landscapes with waterfalls and buildings, sold for £8,100 and was the first house record of the day as the estimate was far more modest at £1,000-£1,500. A small carved wood and lacquered Buddha figure also sold well, achieving £2,100. From a lady in Helston came a Chinese blanc de chine porcelain model of Guanyin seated upon a rocky base, almost certainly 18th Century and selling for £2,500. A Wucai vase decorated with playful children, which came from the same vendor, sold for £1,500.

From the Penzance estate was a collection of Oriental weapons including a prunus blossom and calligraphy inscribed carved powder horn, selling for £1,900. A ceremonial Burmese Dha sword with embossed brass hilt and scabbard, sold for £2,000 and a Japanese part suit of armour with Kabuto helmet and Mempo mouthpiece sold to a local collector for £1,400.The auctions high prices weren't completely dominated by the Oriental artefacts as there was a good collection of 17th-19th Century English and Continental porcelain and pottery. Most sought after was a rare 16th Century large Bellarmine jug with the iconic grotesque bearded face on the neck and the body with applied oval armorial devices.

Bellarmine jugs were produced in Germany and used to distribute liquids around the world, because of this, they can be found in early American settler's graves and fragments have been discovered on the Thames foreshore. This particular jug was missing its handle but didn't deter two American online bidders who competed for it before the gavel went down at £5,200!

Further exciting items included an 18th Century Wedgwood cane ware miniature tea set for two which sold for £1,200 and three mid-18th Century porcelain blue and white pickle dishes, which included a rare example by Limehouse, which sold for £980. Textiles rarely sets the auction world alight but this time a Persian silk embroidered cover or wall hanging was the ‘sleeper' of the day selling for ten times its estimate at £4,100!

Quality furniture is still very much in demand at Lodge & Thomas, indeed the second best price of the day went to a Regency Chiffonier from a Truro deceased estate. The brass mounted chiffonier was correctly identified by the Auctioneer as a fine example of the work of the famous furniture makers Gillows of Lancaster. Although these pieces were usually stamped with a makers mark, this example wasn't, but the quality and design had all the attributes of the famous cabinet makers. This item sold for £7,200 to a private collector who had travelled from London to attend the auction and was ecstatic to add this to his collection.

The auction had many remarkable results, too numerous to mention in this brief reflective article, proving it to be one of the most remarkable auctions in Cornwall in recent years.

If you would like to consign to our next live online Antiques & Fine Art auction scheduled for Friday 28th September contact Auctioneer 

Carl Nielsen 07738 219438


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